Changes in body mass index and composition in active personnel in the Colombian Army: a case study

Keywords: body composition, body mass index, electric bioimpedance, military training, size, skin folds, weight


Military training in the National Army, programmed by the Office of Instruction and delivered throughout the military career, submits the combatant to a variety of conditions, which simulate the activities carried out in the professional practice. Currently, there is no specialized literature on the changes in the body composition of those participating in these military training activities and, consequently, no clarity concerning the possible prevalence of health effects resulting from this physical training. The objective of this document is to characterize these changes in military personnel participating in the National Army’s Advanced Combat Course by using the electrical bioimpedance technique to establish a baseline on which to develop other training courses in the Colombian Military Forces.


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Author Biographies

Santiago Cortés Fernández, Escuela Militar de Cadetes “General José María Córdova”
Oficial en actividad del Ejército Nacional de Colombia en el grado de Mayor. Decano de la Facultad de Educación Física Militar de la Escuela Militar de Cadetes “General José María Córdova”. MSc en Ciencias y Tecnologías del Deporte y la Actividad Física.
Iván Yesid Camargo, Instituto Distrital de Recreación y Deportes
MSc en Ciencias y Tecnologías del Deporte y la Actividad Física.
Daniel Botero Rosas, Universidad de La Sabana
PhD en Ingeniería Biomédica de la Universidad Federal de Río de Janeiro.


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How to Cite
Cortés Fernández, S., Camargo, I., & Botero Rosas, D. (2018, March 31). Changes in body mass index and composition in active personnel in the Colombian Army: a case study. Revista Científica General José María Córdova, 16(22), 93-106.